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Beach Body Challenge Day12

Turbo Fire Day 10

Rest Day from Turbo Fire Workouts

Even though it was a rest day on my Turbo Fire schedule, I still did a workout. Wednesdays are usually the days I hop on my bike and ride to the park to do Tone It Up’s Stair Circuit. Hump day is when I like to focus on working my booty :-) But I had to change it up for this week.

I knew that I would traveling again on Friday to celebrate my dad’s birthday. I wanted to get my long run in so I decided to do it Wednesday.  I went for a 6.5 mile run. I did it in 57 min :-) I felt great on my run.  I think it helped that I went in a different direction. My knees didn’t bother me at all.  Enjoyed a cold Chocolate Zico when I got home :-)

My Mantra to help keep me going

Post Run Treat - Chocolate Zico - The Best!

Long runs take a lot out of me so I decided that I wouldn’t do anything else besides a 2 min plank for my PlankADay.  I did a long stretch after my run. My knees got a little stiff through out the day but not nearly as bad as they use to get.


M1: oatmeal with almond butter and half a banana. Wanted to fuel up for my run.

M2: mini Luna bar – had this a half hour before I went for my long run.

M3: Snapea Crisps.

M4: Almond coconut Kind Bar

M5: Shakeology with water and ice

Beach Body Challenge Day11

I was determined to overcome my period. I got up and did a 2 min plank followed by Tone It Up’s Valentine’s Day workout in honor of Valentine’s Day :-) I did 2 sets with light weights for my bootycall workout.  After dropping the boys off at school, I went for a 3 mile run.  I had a great run. My knees didn’t hurt and I felt much better. It gave me a nice energy boost.

First Plank

Since we had gone to Vegas a few days ago, that was our Valentine’s celebration. So we didn’t do anything special. It was just the usual for us. Ben had work, Boys had school, and I had workouts :-)

————————— Turbo Fire Day 9 ——————————

HITT 20/ Stretch 10

Did my Turbo Fire workout in the afternoon. It was HIIT 20 and Stretch 1o today.  These  HIIT workouts are no joke! Did 3 different HIITs – 2 of them we did two times in a row and the third one, we did 3 times. My heart was racing the whole time. Definitely needed the Stretch 10 afterwards.

After dinner I decided to do FitFoodJunkie’s 100 challenge and another 2 min plank.

Second Plank

Meals were pretty good:

M1 – Luna bar

M2 – 2 clementines

M3 – Shakeology with half an avocado, water and ice

M4 – almond coconut Kind bar

M5 – Balsamic Tilapia with broccoli and quinoa

Balsamic Tilipa, Quinoa and Broccoli

Beach Body Challenge Day9 and Day10

I’m combining Day 9 and Day 10 because these were really tough days for me. I was very low on energy and lacking motivation to do my workouts – hence the lack of pictures.  It’s always difficult to get the boys back in line after having their grandma around.  I have to work extra hard to remind them of the rules and how things work while trying not to get too upset when they say they’d rather have their grandma around. It’s just how it goes.  I’m not suppose to be the fun one.

-Day 9 –

Sunday wasn’t that great of a day. I really had no energy and wanted to do absolutely nothing. But I couldn’t. I had the boys to entertain and the house to clean up.  Ben was at work so it was just me and the boys. I told myself that if I wasn’t going to do anything, I’d at least do my Turbo Fire workout.

————————— Turbo Fire Day 7 —————————

Core 20 / Stretch 40

Today’s workout was Core 20 and Stretch 40.  Surprisingly, I was able to do it with the boys around.  They were pretty good about letting me do the workout without bothering me too much.  I got to use to resistance band for the Core 20 workout.  I stuck with the modified version so I could learn what I was suppose to do. The exercises on the matt were killer.  Stretch 40 was Yoga.  It focused on increasing flexibility which I really needed to do.  Even though my left knee was still a little sore, I think the stretching helped loosen it up.  I really liked this workout.


I can’t remember what I ate during Day 9.  I’m pretty sure I had a Luna bar, some greek yogurt, a Shakeology shake, and some clementines.

-Day 10-

Found out why I was so tired yesterday. My period started. I am always drained when it’s that time of the month. I feel like it’s getting worse.  I spent most of the day sleeping/napping.  I did a little better with my meals today.

M1: Luna bar

M2: 2 clementines

No M3 because I was sleeping.

M4: Almond coconut Kind bar

M5: Shakeology with half a banana, water and ice.

Just like Sunday, I made sure to at least do my Turbo Fire workout.

————————– Turbo Fire Day 8 ——————————

Fire 45/ Stretch 10

Today was a new Fire workout: Fire 45 and the same Stretch 10. I went with the New to Class option to learn the moves.  I loved the music in this one.  The first combo was so much fun. I think I’m getting better because it’s not taking me as long to catch on :-)

Since I missed doing a plank on Sunday, I decided to do a 5 min plank to make up for it – 1 min on elbows, 1 min on hands, 1 min side plank (each side), 30 sec plank jacks and 30 sec tummy tucks.

Today was also the day I weighed myself. I really didn’t want to since I knew that it would be off because I was bloated and retaining water. But I did step on that scale in the morning: 109lbs. I guess a .4 lbs increase while on my period isn’t too bad. I’m not too concerned with my weight. I’m happy where I’m at.  My main focus is on getting this last little bit of fat off my belly :-) I  use my weight as a reference for progress but I mostly go by how I look in the mirror. I’ll be weighing myself once a week and taking measurements once a month.

BeachBody Challenge Day8

After Friday’s workouts and late night camp out, I was so worn out.  We got up around 10a Saturday morning and got ready to check out. Another Luna Bar for breakfast.  We realized that with all the shoes we bought, we had to get another suitcase. lol.  We headed back to the Cosmo so Ben could say good bye to his new friends and walked over to Walgreens to pick an extra suitcase.

We had to return our rental car and make our way to the airport. We wanted to be there earlier rather than later because last time we were rushing to make our flight.  Ben was hungry so we decided to have brunch at a restaurant at the airport. The closest one to our gate was a Mexican restaurant. I went for a chicken taco salad but didn’t eat any of the taco shell. I stuck with water. I slept for most of the flight home – that was how tired I was. I got up as we were making our decent.  The bay area was very overcast but it was kinda cool to look out the window.  We saw our apartments and the park I ride my bike to.

Bay Area Clouds

San Mateo Bridge

Our Apartments and Neighborhood

Ryder Park - where I do TIU' s Stair Circuit

I was very happy to be home.  I love visiting Vegas. I always have fun when I go, but I missed my boys and missed my busy life. Who would have thought? Lol.

So happy to be home with my Seppe

Meal 4 was 2 clementines. I was craving some fresh fruit :-) Dinner was a simple Shakeology shake – just water and ice.

———————————- Turbo Fire Day 6 ————————————

Fire 30 Stretch 10

I really didn’t feel like working out at all. I was tired from traveling and there was so much to do around the house to get things back to normal. After relaxing for a little bit,  I made myself do my Turbo Fire workout.  Fire 30 and Stretch 10 was on the schedule.  This time around, I went straight to class and skipped the breakdown.  I wasn’t perfect but I did pretty well.  I was able to bump up my intensity a little bit now that I wasn’t as concerned with the moves. The stretching really helped me relax and unwind from traveling.

I ended with a 4 minute plank – 1 min on elbows, 1 min hands, and 1 mean side plank (each side).

PlankADay - Alternating Postions

Beach Body Challenge Day7

Got up Friday morning and had a Luna bar and lots of water for breakfast. Fridays are when I usually do a long run, but the Mirage’s Cardio room limits the time on the machines to 30 min. Before heading to the gym, I did a 2 min plank. I decided to do the 5K program again but do 6 sets of 1 min sprints. After the first couple sets, I thought that I’d just stick with running, but I hung in there and kept doing the sprint intervals.


5K Program w/ 6 sets of 1min Sprints

——————————— Turbo Fire Day 5 ———————————–

Fire 55 EZ

I knew I was going to be out for most of the day so I did my Turbo Fire workout when I got back to my hotel room.  On the schedule was Fire 55 EZ Class.  The EZ is deceiving. You think that it’ll be easier, but it’s not. lol.  I did the New to Class option for the breakdowns so it took over an hour to do.  There were long combos that I pretty much forgot after she went through it. Hahaha. But I did have a hang of the workouts and the moves so I did pretty good.  I was a little behind when there were transitions but I was able to catch up.  By the end of it, I was pretty worn out.


I changed my clothes, very happy to be sporting my new Blowfish shoes :-) Since Ben took the car, I had to walk to the Cosmo from the Mirage.  I decided to use my MapMyRun+ app on my phone to see how far of  a walk it would be.  I walked fairly fast and only slowed down when I had to make my way around a group of people. I took the stairs when I had to use the walk ways to cross the street. I actually ran up the stairs. Trying to get in as much exercise as I could :-)

Run Up the Stairs

Run Down the Stairs

Walk From the Mirage to Cosmo

At the Cosmo, Ben and I had brunch at a China Poblano. It had both Chinese and Mexican food.  They had a breakfast menu, but there wasn’t anything that looked or sounded healthy.  The waitress said it was ok for us to order from the lunch menu.  I got a Mushroom and Avocado soft taco.  It was small but very tasty.  We also ordered some Churros and Mexican Hot Cocoa.  The churros were the freshest I’ve ever had. I dipped my churros in the hot cocoa but I didn’t drink the rest. Ben ordered a 20 vegetable fried rice and I took a small sample.  It was really good and since it was the first batch of the day, it was so fresh.  They really did have a ton of veggies in it :-) I ordered a Cherry Aguas Frescas thinking it wouldn’t be too bad, but it was way too sweet.

Mushroom Avocado Soft Taco from China Poblano

Fresh Churros and Mexican Hot Cocoa

Small sample of 20 Vegetable Fried Rice

Cherry Agua Frescas

After that we hung out for a while.  We sat in the chairs inside the Chandlier lounge. Ben was waiting for the shoes he wanted to buy. My friend Malissa was coming over to meet me for lunch and shopping :-) While we were waiting we realized that our phones got No reception – especially inside the Chandilier lounge :-( I was having a hard time texting my friend.  We couldn’t even call one another. I finally had to go outside of the hotel to be able to send and receive messages.  I was a little irritated at this point.  It meant that as long as Ben was inside the hotel, I wouldn’t be able to get a hold of him.

Hung out a lot in the Chandelier Lounge

My friend arrived and we went to Holstein’s for lunch.  It was right next the Chandelier Lounge and neither one of us felt like walking much.  This was a burger and shakes place.  I haven’t had a hamburger since starting the Tone It Up Nutriton Plan last July.  Luckily they did have mini Turkey Burgers that I could eat.  Swapped out the french fries for Sweet potato fries and split a almond coconut milkshake with my friend.  I did not eat all 3 mini burgers or even touch the sweet potato fries. I saved it for Ben to have as a snack while I went shopping.

Mini Turkey Burgers

I took Malissa across the street to Walgreens to kick off our shopping. Why Walgreens? Because they have a really great selection of makeup at decent prices :-) She was looking for lip glosses and I was looking for anything that caught my eye.  I stocked up on more Sally Hansen Salon Effects – the nail polish stickers.  I also found a brand of Gel Nail Polish that didn’t require LED lights to dry. I couldn’t pass up a 24hour CoverGirl LashBlast mascara and their ColorBlast eyeshadows. Yes, Walgreens is a favorite place of mine to shop.

Then we went into the Miracle Mile Shops. Again, I walked the entire thing.  I took Malissa to the place I got my shoes – Wild Pair.  She found some boots that she loved but they didn’t have it in her size :-( I took advantage of their buy a pair of dress shoes and get 25% off your entire purchase.  I got some super cute wedge boots and red leopard print wedge dress shoes. We walked around and browsed through a few stores but we saved our shopping for H&M.  The one inside Miracle Mile is small compared to the one inside Forum Shops. We still found some cute things to buy.

After walking the entire mall, we headed back to the Cosmo and she drove me back to the Mirage. I wanted to put my shopping bags away and had to pick up my laptop for Ben. I had an almond coconut Kind bar for my Meal 4 on the way back to the hotel.  I added a few more layers, grabbed my lap top and walked back to the Cosmo to meet Ben for dinner. It was definitely a lot busier at night. I still walked fast and took the stairs. Might as well work up a sweat right?

When I got there, we had to line up in order to get the shoes.  The thing was we had to wait until Saturday morning to get them O_0. Since Ben couldn’t leave the line without losing his spot, I wound up just picking up snacks at the Walgreens across the street for him to eat.  I had a Luna bar for my dinner and spent most of the night waiting along the wall of the store.  I wasn’t comfortable walking back to the Mirage late at night but I got pretty tired so I decided to go to the car in the garage to try and sleep for a couple hours.  Bad idea… It was so noisy!! I might have dozed off for an hour at the most but I got hot and there was just way to much going on.  I went back up to wait with Ben.

Friday night was entertaining though.  The Marquee Night Club was right next to the shoe store so we got plenty of entertainment. There was even a guy from New York who said he was the Situation’s cousin. We all thought that he was just a little too drunk. lol. Lots of people came up and asked what we were all there waiting for.  The answer was always the same : “Air Jordan 1 Dave Whites.” Most people have no idea what that even is.  I wouldn’t know if it weren’t for Ben.

Oh Thank Goodness for alcohol!! Lol.  The owners of the store came out of club around 3a – Drunk and loud. They opened up their store an let us get the shoes. Originally we would have had to wait until 9a. I was so relieved! We got our two pairs of shoes and headed back to the hotel and went straight to bed.

Beach Body Challenge Day6

It was really nice sleeping in. I woke up around 8a and just enjoyed Not hearing the sound of my boys fighting. lol. It is amazing how quiet things are without them around. I almost forgot what it’s like.  The beds weren’t too bad at the hotel. It’s hard for me to ever be comfortable in a bed that isn’t mine.  We have a Temperpedic and it is worth every single penny!

Our room didn’t have a fridge – besides the mini bar, so I had a Luna bar for breakfast. Ben had a Cliff bar and he decided that he’d come with me to the gym :-)  After doing a 2min plank (just me), we strapped on our running shoes and walked through the hotel to get to their Cardio room. I went over to the treadmills and he headed for the ellipticals. I love hotel gyms because they have the Best equipment.  These treadmills had a TV, attachments for iPhone, and a fan.  I chose to do a 5K program. Did pretty good and stuck to a 7mph pace.

Morning Plank

Ben finishing up his workout

—————————– Turbo Fire Day 4 ———————————

I decided to do my Turbo Fire workout when I got back from the hotel gym. I wanted to get my workouts out of the way so we could do whatever we needed to for the rest of the day.

Today was Fire 30 and Stretch 10. I still did the New to Class option.  I definitely did better.  This workout is so much fun.

Fire 30 Stretch 10


Meal 2 was skipped. By the time I was done working out and showering, it was time for lunch. We headed to my favorite place: Bahama Breeze. I use to work at one when I lived in Florida and Vegas is the closest place for me to get their amazing food.  I Always go there for lunch when I go to Vegas. Their menu has changed a little since I’ve worked there but their atmosphere and quality is still great. It always brings back happy memories of my good friends and good times I had when I go there.

I decided to try out one of their new salads : Grilled Chicken and Tropical Fruit on Greens.  This was soooooo good! In hindsight I should have asked for the dressing on the side. It was Raspberry Vinaigrette but they had more on there than I would have liked. I am not big on salad dressing and I only ever use a very tiny bit.  The salad was still amazing though.  It had pineapple, grapes, oranges, and strawberries. I ate every last bit :-) I did have one drink: their Pineapple Coconut Martini.  It’s one they’ve added since I’ve worked there and it’s my favorite.  Usually I’d just have them keep them coming, but I stuck with just one and lots of water :-) Ben got his usual Jerk Shrimp appetizer.  I was very proud that he didn’t order an entree too. He’s working on getting use to smaller portions.

Ben with my drink and his

Chicken and Tropical Fruit on Greens

Jerk Shrimp

After lunch we  toured the Las Vegas Tower.  For those that don’t know, Ben is an air traffic controller.  He wanted to see if the Vegas tower was some place he would want to transfer to after SFO. It is very interesting listening to them talk about the differences between the towers.  It looks like that they are already fully staffed so it will be a while before Ben can go there.  They were all very friendly and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

We headed over to the Cosmo for Ben to talk with a few people. He was very happy to have found a store that was carrying a shoe he really wanted.  The Cosmo is just so hip and fun. lol. I loved the Chandelier hanging from the ceiling and going all the way down. It was just so pretty :-)

Inside the Cosmo - 2nd Floor

We walked across the street to the Miracle Mile Mall. We walked the whole thing :-) Now I remember that we also walked it the day before… our first day in Vegas. lol. I had seen some shoes I wanted the day before. I went back in and got them today. Well, not exactly the ones I wanted.  The shoes I wanted were sold out in my size. They had my size in different style so I went for one that wasn’t as crazy as some of my other choices.

New Kicks - BlowFish

These shoes are super comfy!! I thought that they’d be stiff, but not at all. I took off my boots and wore these around and my feet felt great :-)

Meal 4 was Almond Coconut Kind Bar. We went back to our hotel and relaxed for a little bit.  We were a little worn out so we decided to stay at our hotel for dinner.  We didn’t want to do a fancy restaurant again so we decided to do California Pizza Kitchen.  I ordered a thin crust Spinach Artichoke pizza made with whole wheat flour.  Again, Ben liked it better than his pizza :-) I only had two slices.  I heard about the Kardashian Khaos Store inside the Mirage so we went to check it out after dinner.

I’m not a huge fan of the Kardashians, but I am a Huge fan of Stila Cosmetics.  I was surprised to see that they did an exclusive makeup collection for the Kardashian Khaos store.  There were two sets and I had the hardest time deciding which to get. I really wanted both but I decided to exercise some will power.  I chose the Bronze set since I use more of those colors on a daily basis than the ones inside the Night time set.

Stila Makeup for Kardashian Khaos

We went back to our hotel room and got ready to head over to our friends’ house out in Henderson.  We don’t get to see them much so we wanted to make sure we stopped by for a bit.  We always have a great time with them. Malissa and I will be doing the Disney Half Marathon in September together :-)  We stayed for a couple hours then headed back to the hotel.  Ben had to be up early the next day.

Beach Body Challenge Day5

I’m a little behind on blogging about my Beach Body Challenge.  Days 5-8 I was in Vegas. It was a last minute trip that was kind of a whirlwind, but I was determined to stick to the Challenge.  How is it possible to stay on track while in Vegas?

First and Most Importantly, I Made it a Priority. I packed my TurboFire DVD’s (only the ones I needed), workout clothes, running shoes, and healthy snacks. As soon as we got settled into our hotel,  I made sure we went and got plenty of water.

Workout Clothes

Asics Running Shoes

Laptop, Turbo Fire DVD's and Workout Calendar

Healthy Snacks: SnapeaCrisps, Kind Bars, Luna Bars, and Cliff Bars

Two Six Pack of Arrowhead Water

We landed at 7:30a and couldn’t check in until 3p so we had a lot of time to kill. After we picked up our luggage and rental car, we ran around doing some errands for the hubby. Things did not quite work out as planned for him so he was upset and we almost went straight home. He worked a few things out  and we wound up staying.

I had Luna bar on the plane for my Breakfast. I always keep a couple in my purse ;-) By the time he settled everything, I was getting hungry again so we went to Serendipity’s for Breakfast #2. If you’ve ever been to Serendipity’s – you know the portion sizes are huge! We learned that from our last visit.  So instead of getting separate gigantic meals, we split a breakfast quesadilla. It wasn’t a super healthy breakfast. I wound up taking the bacon out of my second piece because it was actually making me nauseous.  It was the perfect portion size and saved us some money :-)

I really don’t remember what we did after breakfast… lol. I think we walked around a bit. Stores were just starting to open. We walked through the Forum Shops.  I looked through a Guess Marciano store. So cute But so Expensive! We decided to catch a movie that was starting in 30 min. to help pass the time. We went to Town Square and watched the new Underworld movie. Not great but Not bad either.  Then it was Lunch time.

We decided to try out a Sushi Restaurant that was by the movie theaters. We ordered two rolls. I got the Avocado and Eel roll which he wound up liking better than his Alaskan roll :-) Tried out their Mango Ice tea which I realized was probably loaded with sugar. lol. We figured that we could head over to our hotel and check in even though it was only 2p.


Alaskan Roll with cooked Salmon on top

Avocado Eel Roll

Closeup of my Yummy Avocado Eel Roll

We stayed at the Mirage and lucked out in getting a corner room. That meant we were at the end of a very long hallway but I figured it was a great way to get exercise every time we came and went :-) Since we had only gotten 3 hours of sleep, we decided to take a nap after checking in.

Once Ben got up, we got ready to go out. We wanted to ride the roller coaster inside NY NY hotel so we decided to do that first before eating dinner. It was so much fun! The highlight was the drunk wedding party that was behind us. They asked if they could go in front of us so they could all ride together. We didn’t mind since we were in no rush. The mother was so funny and kept thanking us. They obviously were having a great time.

On our way to the Roller Coaster inside NY NY

We were craving steak and there happened to be a really good one inside our hotel: Kokomo’s. It is a Fine Dining Restaurant so it’s pricey, but the food is amazing! They brought out a bread basket with several types of bread. We split a few to try them out. My favorite was the cranberry wheat. He ordered a 16oz. steak and asparagus. He says it’s he Best steak he’s ever had. I got the Red Snapper with veggies.  My snapper came with a lemon butter sauce that I didn’t use. I didn’t have any of the crispy onions that topped my veggies so I think I did pretty good :-) The dinner was delicious.  We were still tired from traveling so we just went back to our room to relax and go to bed.

Bread Basket

Ben and his 16 oz. Steak

Red Snapper

Green Beans, onions and tomatoes

———————————  Turbo Fire Day 3 ———————————–

Luckily it was a Rest Day for my Turbo Fire workouts. I really needed it. I only napped for a couple hours then got up. I had my afternoon snack – my favorite: Almond Coconut Kind Bar. I decided that while Ben napped that I’d do some toning workouts.

Started with a 2min plank on my forearms

Followed by  Tone It Up’s Vday workout X2

A Custom Booty Workout X3:

20 Sqauts

20 Lunges each leg

20 Side Lunges each leg

20 Single Leg BootyLifters each side

20 Heatwaves

Ended with a 2min plank.

I promise that this will be longest post. I didn’t have as much time to take as many pics for the rest of the time I was in Vegas.

BeachBody Challenge Day 2

Day 2

I meant to blog yesterday, but Ben had my laptop :-P So I’m catching up now. Yes, I continued with the Shakeology Cleanse during the SuperBowl.  Luckily, it was just me and the boys since Ben had to work. This made it easy for me to stick to the cleanse. My boys are young so the game wasn’t a big deal to them. I just had to feed them dinner and they were happy :-)

Breakfast was Green Tea and Shakeology with frozen banana

Snack – 1c of cherries

Lunch – Shakeology and Green tea – spilled half of my shake :-(

Snack – Shakeology. I like to have it after dinner (it’s like a dessert) but since I spilled half my lunch I needed the shake to help me make it to dinner.

Dinner – Tilapia, Spinach, and Broccoli Slaw – Wish I had taken a picture. I marinaded the Tilapia in Balsamic, honey, lemon juice and a little extra virgin olive oil. It came out soooo good! I highly recommend the Broccoli Slaw from Trader Joes. I usually sauté it, but I just used it raw for the salads and it tastes great.


Went for a 3 mile run but it was at a slower pace. My left knee actually hurting me quite a bit :-( I also felt really tired during the whole run. I went out before I ate so maybe I just needed some fuel.

I did Tone It Up’s 300 Rep Challenge that I modified for the Booty:

30 Walking Lunges

30 Kettlebell Swings (10 lbs)

30 BootyLifters

30 Heatwaves (from TIU’s Beach Bum Workout)

30 Squat Jumps


Original 300 Rep Challenge

My time was 7:02 – I’ve done several modifications to the TIU’s 300 Rep Challenge and this one has to be my favorite. Get’s my heart racing and booty burnin :-)

Followed it with TIU’s Rush Workout X 3 with 20 Reps Each. This is such a great quick workout. I also did the last of Blogilates Week of 100 Challenges. Eagle Crunches – I did 5 sets of 20 to get to 100 :-) Ended with a 5 min plank (1 min on elbows, 1 min on hands, 1 min side plank each side, and 1 min on hands) for my PlankADay.

I joined a group of girls on twitter doing a 150Day Challenge. It’s 150 consecutive days of working out to prepare for summer. It doesn’t have to be super intense workouts. Just something everyday. Since I’ve worked out every day this week, I’m on Day 7! It’ll go perfectly with my Beach Body TurboFire Challenge since I can cover 90 days with it :-)

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